Swansea manager Garry Monk expresses concern after Norwich edge victory
Published 07/11/2015 | 20:41
Garry Monk has revealed his "concern" after Swansea's 1-0 Premier League defeat at Norwich extended their disappointing run.
Jonny Howson's second-half header left them with only one win since August, meaning that after a promising start to the season they will join the battle against relegation unless they swiftly improve.
Monk has in recent months been described as a potential future England manager so his recent inability to inspire Swansea comes as a surprise, but he dismissed suggestions his team are lacking in ideas and remained adamant that they will recover.
"Of course I'm concerned," the Swansea manager said. "We're here to win games and get points. In my time as manager we've done that very well. These difficult periods are part of it and part of management. I understand what needs to be done, but of course it's a concern.
"It's not the lowest (I've felt). It's not a good moment for myself, but I'm a fighter. I've been at the core of that (at Swansea as a club) for a long, long time and I understand that.
"We had total control up until their goal, albeit we weren't sharp enough in that final third up to that point, which is disappointing, but we had total control.
"We get caught with a lack of concentration which is costing us dearly at the moment, dearly. We end up losing the game from that one lapse of concentration, which is frustrating.
"Any set-piece is a soft goal, bitterly disappointed. Ultimately it's cost us the game.
"No (we don't lack a Plan B), we just didn't do enough with the ball in the final third. To come here and have total domination of them was part of our plan and we executed that well.
"The key to it all is (the players are) good enough. It's that little bit of extra that's needed right now and it's for me to drag that out of the players and for themselves to focus on that as well."
Norwich manager Alex Neil, who played alongside Monk at Barnsley 11 years ago, insisted that his side deserved victory and said that, regardless of his friendship with the Swansea manager, he had no sympathy for his present plight.
"Why? I haven't got any sympathy," he said. "Not at all. We've had a lot of possession and talked about how well we played and not been winning, So what we've done is we went for the opposite.
"We conceded possession but looked much more threatening and had a lot more chances than Swansea.
"The bottom line is who scored and who didn't score, that's who deserves to win the game because they've done enough. It's not about possession."